Saturday 21 March 2015

Indigoblu Challenge 26 - 'Off the Edge'

Hi everyone. It seems Spring is definitely here, and you all took the challenge up so well. We had some fab entries again this month - thank you all for entering.

The winner of Challenge 24: 'Spring Greens' is:
Congratulations Helen. Please email to arrange your prize and don't forget to grab your Winner's Badge from the Badges tab above.
The fabulous Winner’s prize this month is your choice of IndigoBlu stamps.  As always, you have 3 options to choose from:

1:   2 Large stamp plates
2:   4 Small stamp plates
3:   1 Large and 2 small plates

There’s also the Winner’s Badge, and one for the Top 3, to display proudly on your blog, and the WINNER of the challenge will also be invited to do a GUEST SPOT on a future Challenge Launch post. That’s right, your work will be on the Challenge Blog alongside the Design Team!

Also the Top Three each month (chosen by the DT) will all be invited to do an inspiration piece to be included on the new reminder post that now goes live mid challenge. So, if you’d like a chance to be featured on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog get those stamps out and get creating!

You’ll find all the information on how to enter the challenge,  the rules (don’t worry, there’s not that many) and get to meet the Design Team in the tabs above.

This month’s Top 3 from the 'Spring Greens' challenge, as chosen by the DT are...

1: No 32, Christina Dore
2: No 29,  Craftie Times
3: No. 5, Sue the Iron

Well deserved congratulations to you all, and don't forget to grab your Top Three badge from the Badges tab above.

This months challenge is... 'Off the Edge'

Our lovely winner of the Spring Green's challenge has joined us as a Guest Designer this month, this is her inspiration for you:

Beverley had this to say:

I would like to thank the team at IndigoBlu for inviting me to be guest designer this month. I feel honoured and delighted to join them. I have always been a huge fan of IndigoBlu and I am still amazed and thrilled to have won.

The blue background of the card has been done with alcohol inks, cling film technique and using the diamond stencil and blending solution to form the pattern in the places I wanted.
I stamped the bubbles background stamp in white pigment ink in two corners.
I used the diamond stencil again, coloured embossing paste, silver and blue glass glitter, which added dimension and interest to another corner.
The last corner was highlighted with heat embossed enamel, mica flakes and coloured glass glitter.
The Big Butterfly stamp has been stamped and embossed with white embossing powder ‘Off The Edge’ of the blue background card.
I cut out a square out of white card and popped the blue background into it. This gave me ‘The Off The Edge’ theme that I wanted.
I stamped the Big Butterfly again and the Bubbles Stamp and heat embossed with white embossing powder and added more embossing enamel, mica flakes and glass glitter onto the white card to finish off the theme.
I masked off one of the bubbles and stamped a small butterfly from the Butterfly Collector stamp set into it and embossed in white.
I masked and coloured some of the bubbles and added glossy accents to them.
The word ‘Love’ has been die cut with glossy accents on it.
Lastly, I used a Dye ink around the edges and mounted it onto white card.

I had fun, tried new techniques to me and now have lots of ‘trial’ (mistakes) backgrounds to use at a later date!
Thank you once again for giving me this opportunity and thank you for your fabulous, continuous inspiration from your very talented Design Team.

Thank you Beverley for joining us this month, beautiful inspiration!  

You can see Beverley's full blog here.

And on to the Challenge Designer's pieces, you can visit their blogs and see how they were made by clicking on their names under the pics.

Gez Butterworth

Julie Cassidy

Laura Williams

Nikki K

Hope you agree there is some fab inspiration here!  We'd love to see your work - do enter for your chance to win!

Good luck,
The IndigoBlu Challenge Design Team.

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Indigoblu Challenge - Top 3 Inspiration - Spring Greens.

Good morning all,

Today we have for you some wonderful inspiration for this months challenge 'Spring Greens' You still have a few days until the challenge closes, you can enter the challenge HERE, or by following the instructions in the above tab and e-mailing us your entry.

First up, and in no particular order we have Alexandra:

She had this to say:

This is my top 3 inspiration piece, I hope you like it!
I distressed and painted a tag made from cardboard. Layered up stamped and coloured vellum and added a stamped and decoupaged tulip image. The word 'spring' was stamped and cut out then layered with card and crochet lace.

Next up is Heidi:

On a piece of white card I glued torn pages of old book pages using "Slap it On" then brushed white Gesso all over. Once it was dry , I sprayed the card with green acrylic paint watered down in a spray bottle. I also tapped into the paint using my finger to create a more interesting background.
After it was all dry, I stamped with IndigoBlu "Ink Splats” in white gesso and also black Versafine.
The sentiment is from IndigoBlu "Grand Tour I , stamped with black Versafine.

To finish the card, I die cut the mesh using a Couture Creations die. I stamped the IndigoBlu "Butterfly" with Versamark on black card, embossed it with WOW Embossing Powder Champagne and coloured with Cosmic Shimmer Pastel lime Watercolour Paint.

I hope you will like my “Fresh Greens”new project.

Last but never least is Doreen :

Doreen had this to say:
What a pleasure it is to be joining the fabulous IndigoBluebelles this month as a guest designer.I feel so privileged.

For my card I have used a freebie set which consists of stamps from various sets available in the shop.  I first made my background with some Gelato’s that I blended with a baby wipe,  next I masked off some of  my main image as it was a little longer than I wanted, I then stamped this along the bottom of my card. 

I inked up the flower stamp and stamped where I thought it should go.  I drew in the stems with a black pen.  I didn’t want the entire sentiment so again masked off the portion that I didn’t want to use and just inked up the portion that I wanted.  Lastly I matted this onto some green cardstock and attached it to my card.

I hope you will agree there is some fab inspiration here from our top 3 winners from the 'A touch of Red' challenge.  Very talented peeps!  Thank you so much ladies for taking the time to do this for us, your work is beautiful.

And remember, this could be you next month!  Just hop along and join us in the challenge HERE. xx

Best Wishes,

Indigoblu Challenge Blog Design Team.

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Challenge 25 - Spring Greens Demonstrator Inspiration.

Hi all,

Today we have for you an inspiration filled post full of fabulous makes from the demonstrator team for the latest challenge, Number 25 - Spring Greens!

 Have a look at the fabulous work then join in the fun of the challenge!  You can also visit our Demonstrator team's own blogs by clicking on the link below their picture, if you want to learn more on how they made their inspiration piece.

Wow! some really fab inspiration from our Demonstrator team here at Indigoblu, don't forget to check out their blog's and leave some love if you can.  As you can see from these fab samples, it doesn't have to be a card, any mixed media item is welcome as long as you use Indigoblu stamps.

You can enter the challenge HERE. Tune in next week for the inspiration from the top 3 winners of challenge 24.

Thanks for visiting!

Indigoblu Challenge Team xx